It’s true, New Yorkers may have too much on their hands, but we never let them go unpolished. If you’re looking for some of the best, non-basic nail salons, then New York is the place to be.
210 Forsyth St.,
New York, NY 10002
Indulge yourself on a blissfully affordable manicure or pedicure treatment at Hortūs Nailworks. Formerly, Lushlife Nailworks, Hortūs is known for using the best products available – each handcrafted in small batches using organic ingredients and food grade. In addition to offering a large selection of lacquer colors, Hortūs also offers sugaring, a natural and safer alternative to traditional waxing. Sugaring is an all-natural, gentler, and highly-effective method of hair removal. Listen to smooth jazz as you sip on a cocktail during happy hour, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
Primp & Polish
845 Manhattan Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY 11222
While Primp & Polish isn’t one of the cheapest nail salons around, it does have its charm. From a luxe interior to an outdoor pedicure garden, Primp & Polish offers guests the ultimate spa treatment. Services include on-the-go manicures, to the classic mani/pedi, to a milk and honey spa experience. With more than 1,000 polish colors to choose from, including high-end brands like Chanel and Dior, P&P does it all — no appointment necessary.
198 Elizabeth St.,
New York, NY 10012
Since 2006, Valley Nails has been giving New York a little bit of Cali-inspired flare. Known for its team of skilled technicians and celebrity clients, Valley Nails offers dream designs for an affordable price. From flowers and rhinestones, to 3-D acrylic embellishments, Valley can create any custom design imaginable. In addition to nail services, Valley offers customized, 100 percent vegan, gluten-free spray tanning, alnog with waxing and eyelash extension services.
17 Crosby St.,
New York, NY 10013
Created by veteran beauty editor Eleanor Langston, Paintbox features a beverage bar complete with champagne and Grady’s Cold Brew, iPhone chargers at each of its 18 stations, a curated selection of 50 on-trend lacquer colors, and a seasonal menu of nail-art designs done by celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec. The only downfall? Paintbox doesn’t offer pedicures, but the manicure designs alone are reason enough to stop by.
99 Chrystie St.,
New York, NY 10002
Vanity Projects was founded in 2009 by Rita de Alencar Pinto as a pop-up nail salon, organizing within the homes and studios of friends, visual artists, and art aficionados. In 2013, Vanity was invited to MoMA PS1 to do a three-month pop-up within the Confettisystems installation, held in the museum’s duplex. Today, Vanity gives customers a gallery-esque experience at its high-concept mani/pedi studio. Grab a pair of wireless headphones and let your mind go on an artistic journey while you sit back and enjoy one of Vanity’s weekly specials.
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